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Poster: dr. flashback Date: Oct 4, 2006 3:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Oprah's Picks #4 2/22/69

Okay hungry streamers - here's your weekly dose from the Doctor! A real dream show, in more ways than one. The Dream Bowl Vallejo, CA 2/22/69.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-02-22.sbd.owen.7860.sbeok.shnf

This is the second night, and 2/21 is also worth getting BTW. Not quite as special as tonight though, as you'll hopefully discover.
For those of you who are used to 1974 Wall of Sound quality, or need long Scarlet>Fire jams to dance to, this may not be your show. Although I have to say that this new version is a big improvement over my previous copy (less hiss).
However, if you can handle primal, in your face, pure cosmic
Kool Aid with no training wheels and no safety net Grateful Dead - this is the show you've been waiting for. Performances like this created the legend we now know as the Grateful Dead. To say Jerry is inspired tonight is a lame understatement. Listen to Death Don't. To quote Stan Lee - Nuff said.
As I've said before, early 1969 is where it's at. By the summer, they begin to experiment with other songs, and rely perhaps too much on Lovelight as the main jam vehicle (some as long as 30 minutes) to the detriment of the more cerebral and vanguard psychedelic music produced from Jan 1969 through April. It's no mystery why they released the Feb-Mar
box set - it's the cream of the year.
Just browse the shows (what's left) from this period. ALL these Feb shows are great (also the released 2/11 Fillmore show with Janis) and the April Avalon shows along with the 3 Boston shows in late April - these shows basically write the book on 1969.
A show maybe some of you have not heard, and hopefully someone can do a seed torrent on this new Owen version soon.
I won't even begin to try and comment on each song here. I've already said all that words can do in my review at the show's link page above, and besides, I'm trying to listen to this Dark Star with the other side of my brain!!
Hope you all enjoy this show.
Peace and love to all, hope the 1969 spirit can shine through for you,
Dr. Flashback :-)

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Poster: Old_NJ_Head_Zimmer Date: Oct 4, 2006 5:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What a Dream - 69 I'm back

Doc,

Thanks for bringing me back to 69. I've been off exploring other time zomes for quite a while but this just brought me back to the basics! This is why people get stone cold hooked on the GD. This is not for part timers. If you don't get off on this, you don't get it. As many times as I've listen to it in the past, it was nice to be "Called back" by your pick!

Thanks again Doc

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Poster: sydthecat2 Date: Oct 4, 2006 8:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #4 2/22/69

Sweet! There's something about hearing Cryptical come out of a completed Dark Star that is stunningly beautiful. (the classic Feb. Fillmore '70 show for instance) You can hear the train a-comin' in this gig.

As to my evolution: My first show was the Rainbow in March '81 but my first tapes were Cornell '77, Toronto '87, Fillmore E. 2/13/70 and the Carousel Ballroom '68. The Carousel was the one I couldn't get enough of at the time. I was hearing Anthem material bona fide live including New Potato. When I ran my Dead dances the inaugural Dark Star was that one. I may not have as much from this era as '72, '73, and many other years but boy do I get off on the shows I do have (since grown exponentially in the digital era). Like the Duke, they always had that swing.

Thanks Doc for getting me to hear this one. You know I'm a gonna get it. Y'all have an Alligator I should know about?

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Oct 4, 2006 9:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #4 2/22/69

Funny you should ask syd ...

I'm listening right now to the O'Keefe show from '67-8-5 (what little there is of it), and the Jam in Alligator that begins at 3'09 (on my copy), ending at 9'58 or so, is pretty special (love that Looney Tunes thing at the end). Now the sound isn't all that great, not as crisp as i'd like, but for a '67 show, sweet.

And even though i unequivocally love late '60's Dead, i admit that i just have to detour frequently into the '70's & '80's Dead -- else my brain will implode from all the fast-jamming energy those early, primordial shows displayed. Real good stuff there.

Also love the Alligator of the 68-2-14 show (then again, who doesn't). Far better sound (even if not pristine (then what show that era is?), and i love the greater prevalence of the drums in this version than in the O'Keefe show. This version sounds 'heavier' to me, if that is the right word to describe the sound. But what kills this version for me is the glaring cut. Just brutal.

I don't know what's my fave Alligator. But since you asked the question, figured i'd give my two cents. Also checked out the version in the '68-8-21 Fillmore show. I mean, '68 is just a real acid-filled year in the Dead's progression. And this Alligator has great drums and great jamming. And the song precurses one of my favorite early Dark Stars. Shit, i'd love a copy of this show. It's real raw and beautiful and proves reason enough to get out of bed every day, just for another listen, another removal from this time and place that seems so common and vapid and when the man at the top of the hill in DC has less a grasp of the English language than my 9 year old nephew (sorry, couldn't avoid the political stab). It's late, it's been a rough week at work, the Yankee-Tiger game was postponed (damn new york rain), and i've got but a half-liter of vodka in the freezer, and i'm broke 'til Tuesday.

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Poster: sydthecat2 Date: Oct 4, 2006 9:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #4 2/22/69

In Canada this sounds like a job for Kraft Dinner!! Man can live on Kraft Dinner for weeks at a time. He wouldn't be regular and his immune system would be shot but he'd be alive. Plus it absorbs the vodka. I hear ya, dude! I'm there every Sunday. Tryin' to make twenty bucks go a long way to Thursday.

I have the O'Keefe Alligator. Had to have it as it's in my town. It's now called the Hummingbird Centre but is a huge theatre.

I also love the two Boston Alligators. The Ark 4/21/69 and Boston Tea Party 12/30/69. I'm partial also to the Big Rock Pow Wow 5/24/69 but if I'm not mistaken there is a serious edit. I've not yet checked out the versions of these shows on the Archive. I should as they may be better and edits may not exist. I'll check out your recommends though.

And I'm sure the doctor may have something up his sleeve in coming weeks.

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Oct 4, 2006 9:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #4 2/22/69

Well, luckily my freezer's also full of frozen food stuffs and i generally keep a good stock of canned goods and pasta, so there's no harm in me actually starving.

You know, i am almost embarrased to admit it, but i've lived on and off in the northeast of USA most of my life (except for my excursions into the mid and south parts of this country), and i have as yet to make it up into Canada! I mean, i did, with my family when younger, do the whole Niagra Falls bit, but i am pretty sure that we stayed on the NY side (not that NF is representative of Canada in any way).

Anyway, hope to make it up your way some day. I do have a good friend who travels from Europe to Calgary several times a year and he's always urging me to visit him. Perhaps i should take him up on it (yeah right, when airticket prices drop to something affordable).

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Poster: dr. flashback Date: Oct 4, 2006 9:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #4 2/22/69

Hey Sid,
I met a guy who ran a Dead dance one summer at Omega in NY.
Complete with light show screens. I believe it was 1987. Is this you Mr. D?? I worked as a workshop tape engineer.
If not, hey anyhooo and thanks for the comments.
The Dr.

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Poster: sydthecat2 Date: Oct 4, 2006 10:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #4 2/22/69

Not me, Doctor. I began my Dead shindigs in Toronto in 1988. I still have logs of everything I played for most of it.

Always meant to get down to the Reunion Pub in Buffalo. I'm sure they're not doing it anymore.

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Oct 4, 2006 5:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #4 2/22/69

Well Doc...that did get us out of the '70's - I would have bet in the other direction and lost. I think like a good whiskey...the 60's Dead is/was an acquired taste. Head pounding...primitive...just the pure DNA of what was coming. Nothing like Workingsmans, even further from American Beauty although they were only a year away. I've spent the last week with the Europe 72 shows, eons away from this 69 monster. Honestly, it's not my thing, but it is highly illustrative of how the band matured on any number of levels when compared to even two years later. I believe that developing an opinion about any era also revolves around your own evolution and my first show was in 72...after Workingmans, Beauty, Skull***k and Garcia.

Nice counterpoint to the #3 pick!

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Poster: dr. flashback Date: Oct 4, 2006 6:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #4 2/22/69

Oh, Mr. Earl - do I have a 1972 for you. It's my favorite year of all, and I've been trying hard to find a 72 that people aren't as familiar with (it also sucks that I can't pick any of my favorite Europe shows, since they can't be streamed here). But - there are still plenty of good pickins left!
Stay tuned,
The Dr.

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Oct 5, 2006 8:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #4 2/22/69

Doc...there's still some DL availability in the Zephyr Zone for a good number of '72 shows. You might be able to link...if prudent. I agree, it would be tough to pick a sleeper from that year...most all are very well known and there's a lot of commercial availability. Love the Radio Luxembourg show with the announcer intro. There's probably one or two US shows from the year that are underdogs or that have "firsts" that might be worth considering...keep up the good work.



This post was modified by Earl B. Powell on 2006-10-05 15:09:11

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Oct 4, 2006 8:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #4 2/22/69

Very cool. Even more so since i haven't yet had the opportunity to listen to this much-praised show since i got it offa etree some while back. I am hopping on the torrent right now at etree for anyone interested. Just one warning: Cox is doing overnight maintainance on the network in this area. Last night was stop and start all night, but let's hope that the Cox folks got the work done last night and there won't be any probs. Thanks doc for your wonderful deadication in keeping Oprah's Picks alive! Cheers everyone.

Hop on here:

http://bt.etree.org/details.php?id=20625

This post was modified by Arbuthnot on 2006-10-05 03:07:43

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Poster: cosmicharlie Date: Oct 4, 2006 4:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #4 2/22/69

Thank you Doc, sounds like a great show! I'm trying to stir up some seeding at http://www.shnflac.net/details.php?id=f804404d8dfe033857f4ce06a3a5248118b9c209
for you torrentheads

This post was modified by cosmicharlie on 2006-10-04 23:36:52

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Poster: Cranky1 Date: Oct 5, 2006 4:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #4 2/22/69

Here it is on btetree....
http://bt.etree.org/?search=gd69-02-22&cat=8

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Poster: cosmicharlie Date: Oct 5, 2006 6:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #4 2/22/69

thanks to whoever is seeding at bt.etree.org
My re-seed request fell on deaf ears at shnflac...I'm aboard the Dream bowl Express now and the trains a hummin!

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Poster: Cranky1 Date: Oct 5, 2006 9:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #4 2/22/69

You're welcome. Had to get off for a bit as I'm doing electrical work in the house, but my torrent is back up now...

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Poster: Cranky1 Date: Oct 5, 2006 4:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #4 2/22/69

Ah Charlie, ya comes tru again. Checking it out now....

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Poster: DEADBUCK Date: Oct 5, 2006 6:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #4 2/22/69

I am feeling great knowing we are touring in 69 for a week! I just went to the Tea Party last night (12-30-69) and took all my coworkers with me....They didnt mind..(I hope!) Anyways they are going back tonight with a great Mountains to listen to! Great shooting Mr Scott!

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Poster: DEADBUCK Date: Oct 5, 2006 11:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #4 2/22/69

by the way...who is doing the cover art for the TO picks?

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Poster: north bound train Date: Oct 5, 2006 4:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #4 2/22/69

Where would one get cover art for the TO picks if available?

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Poster: cosmicharlie Date: Oct 5, 2006 4:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #4 2/22/69

Is this what you mean? >> http://www.wulfware.de/covers/Index3/GD690222.htm

and in here >> http://users2.ev1.net/~brasher/deadcovers.htm

This post was modified by cosmicharlie on 2006-10-05 23:31:58

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Poster: north bound train Date: Oct 5, 2006 5:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #4 2/22/69

Sweet! Thx.

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Poster: north bound train Date: Oct 4, 2006 4:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #4 2/22/69

Sweet, Dr.! Thanks for the great pick. Enjoying the stream, particularly this fantastic Dark Star jam coming in from the acoustic side of the moon. It may not be a hot, fast, firey Scarlet->Fire as you mentioned, but its very groovy in its own special spacey way. Jerry and band are perfect.

Excellent!

This post was modified by north bound train on 2006-10-04 23:41:03

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Poster: blkpeter1 Date: Oct 4, 2006 7:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Oprah's Picks #4 2/22/69

Hey doc, This is one of my top five shows. A very nice pick. And like you said this is in your face dead. Keep it comin.

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